Former Conductors

1859-1886 | 1886-1889 | 1889-1892 | 1892-1893 | 1893-1908 | 1908-1911 | 1911-1914 | 1914-1919 | 1919-1920 | 1920-1922 | 1922-1924 | 1924-1930 | 1930-1931 | 1931-1947 | 1947-1969 | 1969-1975 | 1975-1981 | 1981-1987 | 1987-1988 | 1988-2002 | 2002-2005 | 2005-2011 | Current

Paul Rardin Paul Rardin, 2005 - 2011
Paul Rardin is associate director of choirs at the University of Michigan, where he teaches undergraduate conducting and conducts the Men's Glee Club and University Choir. He previously taught at Towson University in Towson, Maryland, where for twelve years he served as director of choirs. Rardin's choruses have earned regional and national acclaim, and have performed in such venues as Boston Symphony Hall, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Washington National Cathedral, Duke University Chapel, The Cathedral of St. Philip (Atlanta, GA), Riverside Church (New York, NY), and Immaculate Conception (San Diego, CA). The Towson University Chorale performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 2002 and 2004.

Rardin is a graduate of Williams College and the University of Michigan, where he received the M.M. in composition and the D.M.A. in conducting. He has studied conducting with Theodore Morrison, Jerry Blackstone, and Gustav Meier, and composition with Leslie Bassett, George Wilson, and Robert Suderburg. He has also participated in master classes with Helmuth Rilling, Charles Bruffy, and Dale Warland. Rardin has served as guest conductor for state and regional high school choral festivals in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Oregon. He has presented clinics for state, regional and national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association, as well as the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, Virginia Music Educators Association, and numerous county and city school systems in Maryland.

Rardin is also a published arranger, composer, and author. His settings of spirituals and folk songs are published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing. His articles, many on the topic of contemporary music, have appeared in the ACDA publications Choral Journal, Troubadour, and Bel Canto.

Spring Tours: Northwest (2006), Midwest (2007), Spain (2008), West Coast (2009), Southeast & Cuba (2010)

Highlights: Intercollegiate Men's Choruses National Seminar, Washington, DC (2008)

Recordings: Tux, Tails, & Holly (2007)

Stephen Lusmann Stephen Lusmann, 2002 - 2005
Stephen Lusmann has sung leading Baritone roles with major opera houses including the Oper der Stadt Bonn, Opera de Monte Carlo, Stadttheater Luzern, Washington Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Connecticut Grand Opera, the New York City Opera, and many others. As an active concert soloist he has performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall in the Lincoln Center, the Anchorage Festival of Music, Chautauqua Institute, and with numerous symphony orchestras. He received his undergraduate degree from SUNY College at Fredonia and graduate degrees from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music. From 1993 until his appointment at Michigan in 1999 he maintained a private voice studio in New York City and Princeton, New Jersey. Mr. Lusmann taught at the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey and at the West Virginia Governor's School for the Arts at Fairmont State College. He is currently a member of the Voice Faculty at the Seagle Music Colony, the Voice Faculty of the All State Summer Choral Program at Interlochen, and the Advisory Board of the Lake George Opera Festival.

Spring Tours: Southwest (2003), Ireland & Great Britain (2004), East Coast (2005)

Highlights: Intercollegiate Men's Choruses National Seminar at Harvard (2004), Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with Smith College at Carnegie Hall (2005)

Recordings: Echoes from the Cliffs (2005), Tux, Tails, & Holly (2007)

Jerry Blackstone Jerry Blackstone, 1988 - 2002
Dr. Jerry Blackstone received his education from the University of Southern California, Indiana University, and Wheaton College. Before joining the faculty of the School of Music as Assistant Professor of Conducting in 1988, Dr. Blackstone served as director of choral activities at Phillips University (OK), Huntington College (IN), and Westmont College (CA). Dr. Blackstone's tenure saw many changes for the Glee Club including a new constitution, the institution of the annual Male Vocal Arts Day, and the yearly Phone-a-Thon fundraising drive. He is the Club's third-longest serving conductor. Dr. Blackstone currently serves as Director of Choral Activities and Chair of the Conducting Department here at U of M where he conducts the Chamber Choir, teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting, and administers a program of eleven choirs.

Spring Tours: Asia (1989), Southeast (1990), West Coast (1991), Eastern & Central Europe (1992), East Coast (1993), Midwest (1994), South Central (1995), South America (1996), Southeast (1997), Northwest (1998), New England (1999), Australia (2000), Midwest (2001), Southeast (2002)

Highlights: ACDA Central Division Convention, Chicago (1992), ACDA National Convention, San Diego (1997), ACDA Central Division Convention, Cincinnati (2000), Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem with Smith College (2001)

Recordings: Live in '89 (1989), Great Halls of Europe (1992), Songs of Michigan (1994), The Spirit of Michigan, Dance (1995), South America (1996), Songs of Youth (2000), Manheim Steamroller's Christmas Extraordinaire (2001), I Have Had Singing (2004), Songs of Michigan (2005)

Bradley Bloom Bradley Bloom, 1987 - 1988
Bradley Bloom holds a bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Michigan and a DMA from the University of Iowa. Prior to his appointment at the University of Michigan he was Professor of Music at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan where he taught music theory, music history, and music technology. He also served as Fine Arts Department Chair at the University of Iowa. In addition to his skills as an administrator and teacher, Bloom is an accomplished and critically acclaimed conductor. He currently serves as Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs and Lecturer in Music Technology here at U of M.

Spring Tour: East Coast (1988)

Patrick Gardner Patrick Gardner, 1981 - 1987
Patrick Gardner is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Rutgers University and leads the Riverside Choral Society in New York City. He has conducted RCS in performances of the Beethoven Missa Solemnis, Brahms Requiem, the Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms and numerous other works at Lincoln Center. RCS has performed with the Kirov Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in major choral symphonic works by Mahler and Shostakovich. Dr. Gardner prepared the chorus for the Mark Morris Dance Company's presentation of Handel's L'Allegro, Penseroso ed il Moderato at Lincoln Center and Dido and Aeneas at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Gardner has prepared choruses for the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at Lincoln Center, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, the Austin Symphony, and the Brooklyn Philharmonic.

Spring Tours: East Coast (1982), West Coast (1983), Lower Midwest/Texas (1984), Europe (1985), Midwest (1986), West Coast (1987)

Highlights: Sang national anthem at the World Series in Detroit (1984), Intercollegiate Men's Chorus Association National Convention (1986)

Leonard Johnson Leonard Johnson, 1975 - 1981
Leonard Johnson earned bachelor's and master's degrees in music from San Diego State University, and studied at the Juilliard American Opera Center in New York City. He has performed extensively as a soloist in New York, throughout the United States, and in Western Europe. He ahs appeared with the Chicago Lyric, Chattanooga, Birmingham, and San Diego opera companies. Mr. Johnson's numerous oratorio engagements include the New York Choral Society, ProArte Chorale, and other major performing groups in and around New York. He has appeared with the San Diego Symphony, Wichita Symphony, Amor Artis Orchestra, and has toured with the Goldovsky Opera, the Rondoliers Trio, the Greg Smith Singers, and the New York Vocal Arts Ensemble. Mr. Johnson is presently retired.

Spring Tours: West Coast (1977), Europe (1978), East Coast (1979), South (1980), Upper Midwest (1981)

Highlight: Won first place at Llangollen (1978)

Willis Patterson Willis Patterson, 1969 - 1975
In addition to his success as a conductor, Dr. Willis Patterson has won acclaim as a bass soloist in both this country and Europe. He was awarded the highly coveted Marian Anderson Award for Young Singers and researched and performed under a Fulbright grant. He has also performed with the Philadelphia, Boston, Detroit, and Richmond symphony orchestras and was a soloist in NBC's 1963 television production of Menotti's Amahl and the Night visitors. In 1975, Professor Patterson bid farewell to the Glee Club in order to engage in new research and recording projects, an increased performing schedule, and added duties as chairman of the voice department of the School of Music. He is presently a professor emeritus here at U of M.

Spring Tours: Michiana/Midwest/Great Lakes (1970), Europe (1971), West Coast (1972), Midwest (1973), Southern States (1975)

Highlight: Won first place at Llangollen (1971)

Philip Duey Philip Duey, 1947 - 1969
In 1947, Dr. Philip A. Duey resigned his position as Head of the Department of Music at Butler University to come to the University of Michigan as Professor of Voice and Director of the Men's Glee Club. Previous to this he was a member of the faculties of the Arthur Jordan Conservatory of Music and the College of the City of New York. Professor Duey sang professionally in New York City and elsewhere from 1926-1946. These activities included more than 5,000 radio broadcasts, mostly coast-to-coast, Town Hall recitals, opera and oratorio appearances, recordings, and Broadway shows. He was a member of the world-famous "Revelers" quartet and sang under such conductors as Toscanini, Damrosch, Szell, Wallenstein, Sousa, Paul, Whiteman, etc. A recipient of a three-year Julliard Scholarship and with degrees from Indiana and Columbia Universities, Dr. Duey wrote most of the arrangements for the Club during his tenure. Many of these were published by the Boston Music Company under the title, "The University of Michigan Glee Club Series". An authority on vocal ornamentation, he also authored the book Bel Canto in Its Golden Age. Dr. Duey retired in 1969 after becoming the Glee Club's longest serving conductor and is now memorialized through the Philip A. Duey scholarship fund.

Spring Tours: East Coast (1948), East Coast (1952), Europe (1955), West Coast (1957), Midwest (1958), Europe (1959), West Coast (1961), Europe (1963), Michigan (1964), West Coast (1965), East Coast (1966), World Tour (1967), Southeast (1968), East Coast (1969)

Highlights: First international tour (1955), First American choir to win first place at Llangollen (1959), Appeared on the Dinah Shore Show (1961), Won first place at Llangollen (1963), Circled the globe; placed third at Llangollen (1967), Appeared at the Rose Bowl (1969)

David Mattern David Mattern, 1931 - 1947
An accomplished violinist, Professor Mattern taught at the Busch Conservatory of Music, Cornell University, Eastman School of Music, and the University of Rochester before coming to Michigan. He was a leading figure in music education for a number of years and had been very prominent in the Music Educators National Conference, which is the foremost organization of music educators in the country; he was a frequent lecturer at their conventions and has held offices in the organization. Professor Mattern conducted many groups throughout the state, and after his tenure as the Glee Club's second-longest serving conductor, he served as the Head of the Music education Department of the University's School of Music.

Spring Tours: Eastern States (1940), Prairie States (1941)

  Arthur Hackett, 1930 - 1931
After studying voice in Boston and Paris, Mr. Hackett made his opera debut in Paris. He gave concerts throughout the United States before coming to the University where, for twenty-three years, he was on the Voice Department faculty, serving also as its Head.
Theodore Harrison Theodore Harrison, 1914 - 1919, 1924 - 1930
One of the most talented musicians from the University, Mr. Harrison began his vocal training in New York City and continued in London and in Italy. While in Europe, he stared in many operas before coming back to this country to perform. In 1914, he became head of the Department of Voice at the University along with the Glee Club directorship. He resigned these positions in 1919 to become Musical director of the Lyceum Arts Conservatory in Chicago. He returned to his former positions in 1924.

Spring Tour: Central US (1926)

  George O. Bowen, 1922 - 1924
A graduate of the Yale University School of Music, Mr. Bowen served for more than sixteen years as a supervisor of music and conductor of many organizations in the East and in Michigan. Coming to the University as Head of the Department of School Music, professor Bowen was very active in the Music Directors Association, and held high offices in that national organization. He was also and editor of the Music Educators' Journal.
  Frank L. Thomas, 1920 - 1922
Mr. Thomas was a public school music director and voice teacher for a number of years before coming to Michigan. In addition to his Glee Club duties he was with the Voice Department of the School of Music while at the Univerity.
  Russell Carter, 1919 - 1920
After receiving his music education at the Institute of musical Arts in New York, Mr. Carter was Music Director for the Amsterdam, New york public schools, a member of the New York State College for Teachers faculty, and a lecturer at the University of California. At Michigan, Professor Carter served as Head of the Department of Public School Music. He left the University to accept the position of Supervisor of Music for the State of New York.
  William A. Howland, 1911 - 1914
Prior to his fourteen years on the School of Music faculty, professor Howland studied voice in New York, London, and in Germany. He was a member of a quartet from Boston that toured the country and also gave many solo recitals in Ann Arbor and throughout the country, Canada and Europe. A co-founder of the Detroit Institute of Musical Arts, he headed its Voice Department for years and also founded the Detroit Choral Society in 1910.
  Earle Killeen, 1908 - 1911
From the School of Music Faculty, Professor Killeen was a noted performer, having done professional work both in this country and abroad.
  1893 - 1908
In 1893 it was decided that because the Glee Club was student managed, they were also capable of handling their own musical direction. Student Leaders were elected to perform this task and for more than twenty-five years, students held this position. A faculty director offered advice but took no active part. The Club was granted at their request, a professional director again in 1908, to assist the Leaders. Finally, in the early Twenties, the director became more prominent with the Leader being an active assistant.
  Silas R. Mills, 1892 - 1893
A Professor in the Voice Department, Professor Mills gave frequent recitals and regularly performed in Detroit.
  Albert A. Stanley, 1889 - 1892
The Director of Music Activities at the University for many years, Dr. Stanley was a noted organist, composer, and lecturer in Music Literature. During his time, the Club extended notably the scope of its concert tours. One of the founders of the American Guild of Organists, Dr. Stanley gave many recitals on campus as well as throughout the country. In 1892, he was named Director of the newly established University School of Music and it was in his honor that the Stanley Medal, the highest award the School of music can bestow, was struck in 1923. dr. Stanley is best known today for composing Laudes atque Carmina, the song which now opens every Glee Club concert.
  Rossetter G. Cole, 1886 - 1889
Professor Cole was a respected Teacher of Music at the University and in Ann Arbor. His reputation was furthered by his compositions, both vocal and instrumental, that became popular in this part of the country.
  1859 - 1886
Little information is available on the directors during this period with the exception of the following years:

Harold B. Wilson, 1885-1886
Isaac C. Goff, 1879-1880
Prof. DeProsse, 1878-1879
William Murphy, 1877-1878